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Nervous teams brace for knockout stage

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Yes, World Cup footballers and their coaches get anxious before big matches and there is a lot to get nervous about now as the knockout stage begins. First up: Brazil vs Chile and Uruguay vs Colombia. 

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Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (L) speaks as defender and captain Thiago Silva (R) listens during a press conference at Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte. AFP PHOTO / VANDERLEI ALMEIDA

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Brazil nervous, Uruguay without Suarez as World Cup knockout starts

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, AFP – Brazil are nervously heading into their World Cup last 16 clash with Chile on Saturday, while Uruguay must learn to live without Luis Suarez as they tackle the knockout stage.

The 16 remaining World Cup teams have still not recovered from their group battles, but the second round quickly gets underway with the Brazil-Chile game in Belo Horizonte at 1600 GMT and Colombia-Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro at 2000 GMT.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari acknowledged the mounting pressure to perform on home territory.

"It is understandable that one should feel uncomfortable and anxious, especially when you get to the knockout stage. We cannot afford to make a mistake," Scolari said.

"There is a bit more anxiety, more nerves. But that is normal in any competition, not just because we are in Brazil. When I am on my own and I start to think, I do get a bit nervous."

Brazil captain Thiago Silva, 29, said the pressure started in their opening 3-1 victory against Croatia in particular.

"We have to control our anxiety as much as possible. In the first game, I wasn't myself. I wondered if I had forgotten how to play," said Silva.

Brazil have beaten Chile in all three of their World Cup meetings, including 3-0 in the last 16 of the 2010 tournament. They have probably never played such a strong Chilean team though.

Alexis Sanchez and Artur Vidal have given the Andes nation added class as they showed in their win over Spain in Group B. And coach Jorge Sampaoli is continually pressing his team to attack.

Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez appears to meditate during a training session at Toca da Raposa in Belo Horizonte. AFP PHOTO/MARTIN BERNETTI

Sanchez says he believes his side will win "We came here to make history," he insisted.

Brazil have a doubt about centre-back David Luiz and Bayern Munich's Dante could be drafted in.

Juventus midfielder Vidal, who is not 100 percent fit, should return for Chile after being rested for the 2-0 defeat to Netherlands. Sampaoli is worried about defender Gary Medel, who picked up an ankle knock in training.

The winners will play Colombia or Uruguay in the quarter-final.

Uruguay's striker Luis Suarez, banned from football for four months after biting an opponent at the World Cup, holds his children Benjamin and Delfina as he greets fans from his mother's home in Lagomar, in the department of Canelones, near Montevideo. Suarez, 27, returned home to a hero's welcome from hundreds of fans at Montevideo airport early Friday. AFP PHOTO/Pablo BIELLI

Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (R) gestures during a training session at Sao Januario Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the second round football match between Colombia and Uruguayl. AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH

And the world will find out in Rio just how badly the four-month ban imposed on Suarez for biting an Italian opponent this week has affected Uruguay.

"We know the ability that Uruguay have and in each match they give every last drop of sweat. It will be a highly emotional match, where Uruguay will want to do things correctly," said Colombia's goalkeeper David Ospina, who is based in France.

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez made light of Suarez's absence.

"We've already played lots of matches without Suarez," he said.

"We've won some, and we've lost some, and he wasn't there against Costa Rica either."

With Colombia also missing the injured Radamel Falcao, the Rio match could turn into a duel between stand-ins Edinson Cavani for Uruguay and James Rodriguez for Colombia who was rested for his side's 4-1 demolition of Japan on Tuesday.

Saturday's game will be the first time that Uruguay have played a World Cup match at the Maracana since stunning Brazil 2-1 in the deciding fixture of the 1950 tournament.

Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez (R) controls the ball as defender Camilo Zuniga looks on during a training session at Sao Januaio Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. AFP PHOTO / Eitan ABRAMOVICH

It is also a chance for Colombia to make history as they have never reached the World Cup quarter finals.

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absence: not being present - การหายไป ไม่ปรากฏตัว

acknowledge: to accept or admit that something exists, is true or is real - ยอมรับ

ankle: the part at the bottom of your leg where your foot joins your leg - ข้อเท้า

anxiety: an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or might happen in the future - ความวิตกกังวล

anxious: worried because you think something bad might happen - ที่วิตกกังวล, ที่ร้อนใจ

ban: an official statement ordering people not to do, sell or use something - การห้าม

banned: officially not allowed to do something - ห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ  ถูกตัดสิทธิ

based: living or working in a particular placed; located in a particular place - อาศัย

battle: a fight; serious disagreement, strong competition, etc. - การต่อสู้

cannot afford: you should not do something because it will cause problems for you if you do -

clash: a fight or battle between two groups of people - การต่อสู้ด้วยกำลัง

class: an elegant quality or a high level of skill that is impressive - สิ่งที่ดีเยี่ยม

defeat: a loss - ความพ่ายแพ้

defender: a player whose job is to stop the other team scoring in a game such as football - ผู้ป้องกัน

demolition: complete destruction - การรื้อถอน, การทำลาย

doubt: a feeling of being uncertain about something/someone or not believing something - ความสงสัย

draft: to choose people and send them somewhere for a special task; to choose someone to do a job - เกณฑ์

duel: a competition or struggle between two people or groups - การต่อสู้กันตัวต่อตัว, การแข่งขันระหว่าง 2 คน

emotional: related to strong feeling such as anger or love, or strong feelings in general - อารมณ์

eve: the day before - เย็นวาน

fit: healthy and strong, especially because you do regular physical exercise - ที่มีสุขภาพดี, แข็งแรง, ที่เตรียมพร้อม

forward: an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports - ตำแหน่งกองหน้า

gesture: to move your hands, head, face, etc. as a way of expressing what you mean or want - แสดงท่าทาง

get underway: to start happening - เริ่มเกิดขึ้น

impose: to force someone to accept something - กำหนด,บังคับ

injured: hurt in an accident or attack - ได้รับบาดเจ็บ

knock: a sharp blow (hit) from something hard; an injury -

knockout stage: the part of a tournament when a losing team is forced out of the competition -

make light of: to treat something as not being important and not serious - ไม่ให้ความสำคัญ

meditate: to think deeply, usually in silence, especially for religious reasons or in order to make your mind calm - ทำสมาธิ

midfielder: a football player whose position is mainly in the central part of a sports field - ผู้เล่นกองกลาง

mounting: increasing - เพิ่มขึ้น

nerves: a worried feeling that makes you afraid that you will not be able to do something well - ความเครียด, ความวิตกกังวล

nervous: anxious about something or afraid of something - กระวนกระวาย

normal: typical, usual or ordinary; what you would expect - ปกติ, ภาวะปกติ

opponent: a person or team being competed against in a sports event - คู่ต่อสู้

press: to try in a determined way to make someone do something - ผลักดัน, บังคับ, รบเร้า, กระตุ้น

pressure: a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation - ความกดดัน

quarter-final: a competition between two of the last eight competitors remaining in a tournament - การแข่งขันก่อนรอบบรองชนะเลิศ

recover: to become normal and healthy again - ฟื้นฟูสภาพ

round: one of a series of events, activities, etc. - รอบ

stand-in: a person who does somebody's job for a short time when they are not available - ตัวแทน

stun: to surprise or shock somebody so much that they cannot think clearly or speak - ทำให้ตะลึงงัน, ทำให้งง

sweat: the tiny drops of salty water that form on your skin when you are hot - เหงื่อ

tackle: to make an organised and determined attempt to deal with something - จัดการ, รับมือ

territory: land which is considered as belonging to or connected with a particular country or person - ดินแดน

wonder: to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it - สงสัย

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